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goods or merchandise imported into the United States, and exported Goods, &c. from said port of Lafayette, under the regulations aforesaid, shall be entitled to entitled to the benefit of drawback of the duties, upon exportation to

drawback. any foreign port or place, under the same provisions, regulations, restrictions, and limitations, as if the said goods, wares, and merchandise had been exported directly from New Orleans. APPROVED, June 12, 1844.

STATUTE I. CHAP. XLVII. - An Act relating to the unlading of foreign merchandise on the June 12, 1844.

right bank of the river Mississippi, opposite New Orleans. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That it shall be lawful for Salt from fothe Secretary of the Treasury, under such rules and regulations as he be unladen on shall prescribe, to permit salt imported from foreign places to be unladen the right bank on the right bank of the river Mississippi opposite the city of New Or- of the Missisleans, at any point on said right bank between the upper and lower sippi, opposite

. corporate limits of the municipalities of said city. APPROVED, June 12, 1844.

STATUTE I. CHAP. XLIX.–An Act for repairing the roof of the court-house in Alexandria. June 15, 1844.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the sum of five Appropriation hundred and fifty dollars be, and the same is hereby appropriated, out roof of the court of any unappropriated money in the treasury, for covering the roof of house with tin. the United States court-house in Alexandria, District of Columbia, with tin; and that the same shall be expended, or so much of it as may be necessary, under the direction of the Commissioner of Public Buildings, who is authorized to contract for the same.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the said Commissioner of The zinc at the Public Buildings is hereby authorized and instructed to dispose of present on it to

be disposed of. the zinc with which the court-house in Alexandria is at present covered; and to use the proceeds in part payment of the new covering. APPROVED, June 15, 1844.

STATUTE I. Chap. L. - An Act granting a section of land for the improvement of Grant river June 15, 1844.

at the town of Potosi, in Wisconsin Territory. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there be, and One section of hereby is, granted to the Territory of Wisconsin, section number thirty- be divided into four, in township number three north, in range number three west, of lots and disthe fourth principal meridian in the said Territory, for the purpose of posed of. improving Grant river, known as the Grant Slue, at the town of Potosi, in the said Territory, and for no other use or purpose whatever : and the said land shall be surveyed, and divided into lots, and shall be sold and disposed of in such manner, and under such regulations and restrictions, as the Legislature of the said Territory shall establish: Pro

Proviso. vided, That in disposing of the same, pre-emption rights shall be granted to actual settlers and occupants residing on said lots, at the time of the passage of this act, according to the provisions and restrictions in the next section provided.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the Surveyor General of Commission Wisconsin and Iowa, shall appoint three disinterested commissioners, pointed to value

ap whose duty it shall be to view and examine all the lots which are actually occupied lots, occupied and improved, and assess the true value of said lots, without &c. taking into the estimation, any of the improvements on the same; and the occupants of said lots, by paying, within one year from the passage

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of this act, the assessed value as aforesaid of their respective lots, shall be entitled to the right of pre-emption as aforesaid ; and upon the failure of any, or all said occupants to do so, the said lot or lots to the extent of such failure, shall be sold as other lots in said town: Provided, That the said occupants may at any time before said lots are sold, pay the assessed value and thereby save their right of pre-emption aforesaid: And provided further, That the said commissioners aforesaid shall, before they enter upon their duties as such, be sworn faithfully to discharge their duties according to the provisions of this act; and they shall receive a compensation for their services to be prescribed by the Legislature of said Territory: Provided, That the whole compensation to said commissioners shall not exceed the sum of one hundred and twenty dollars.

APPROVED, June 15, 1844.

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STATUTE I.
June 15, 1844. Chap. LI. — An Act relating to certain collection districts, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Certain collec- United States of America in Congress assembled, That from and after tion districts abolished, and

the passage of this act, the districts of Ipswich, Massachusetts, St. annexed to Mary's, and Snow Hill, Maryland, Folly Landing and East River, Virother districts. ginia, and Sunbury, Hardwick, and Brunswick, Georgia, shall be and

hereby are, abolished as separate collection districts, and shall hereafter be annexed to other districts, as follows, that is to say: Ipswich, to the district of Newburyport; St. Mary's, Maryland, to Annapolis; Snow Hill, to Vienna; Folly Landing, to Cherrystone; East River, to York

town; Sunbury and Hardwick to Savannah; and Brunswick, to St. Proviso.

Mary's, Georgia : Provided, That the following places shall be, and are hereby, constituted ports of delivery, at each or any of which the President of the United States is authorized (if deemed necessary for the public interests) to appoint surveyors of the customs, to wit: At Ipswich, Massachusetts ; St. Mary's and Snow Hill, Maryland; Sunbury,

Hardwick, and Brunswick, Georgia; at or near Folly Landing, East Proviso. River, Virginia: And provided, That the following mentioned ports of

delivery are hereby discontinued, and the office of surveyor established at said ports, respectively, is hereby abolished, to wit : Chester and

Nanjemoy, Maryland; South Quay, Virginia; Hertford, MurfreesboProviso. rough, and Swansborough, North Carolina : And provided, also, That

the office of assistant collector, to reside at the town of Jersey, in the

State of New Jersey, authorized by the act approved March two, one 1811, ch. 33. thousand eight hundred and eleven, is hereby abolished. Shieldsbo. Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That, from and after the passage rough, Miss., to of this act, the town of Shieldsborough, on the bay of St. Louis, in the try, and Pearl State of Mississippi, shall be the port of entry for the district of Pearl ington not. River, and the collector of said district shall reside at said Shieldsbo

rough; and the present port of entry at Pearlington, in said district, Proviso. shall cease to be the port of entry: Provided, That Pearlington for said

district, shall be, and hereby is, constituted a port of delivery. To be called Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the name of the district the district of hereinafter mentioned shall be changed, and bear the following name, New Orleans. that is to say, Mississippi to be called the district of New Orleans.

APPROVED, June 15, 1844.

STATUTE I. CHAP. LII.-An Act to establish a navy yard and depot at or adjacent to the city June 15, 1844.

of Memphis, on the Mississippi river, in the State of Tennessee. (a) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President President to of the United States be, and he is hereby, authorized to select and pur- chase a site, chase a site for a navy yard and depot at the city of Memphis, in the erect buildings, State of Tennessee, and to erect such buildings and make such im- &c. provements thereon as may be necessary for the construction and repair, and for the accommodation and supply, of vessels of war of the United States; and that the President be authorized and empowered to purchase any water rights which may be required to propel the machinery appertaining to said navy yard, or which may be useful in the operations of said navy yard; and that he be further empowered to receive any donations of lands, water rights, or rights of way, which the authorities of the city of Memphis, or any other body corporate, or any person or persons, may deem proper to make or grant to the Government of the United States; and that the sum of one hundred thousand dollars be Appropriation. appropriated to the objects aforesaid, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated. APPROVED, June 15, 1844.

STATUTE I. CHAP. LIII. – An Act for the relief of the widows and orphans of the officers, sea- June 15, 1844.

men and marines of the United States schooner Grampus, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That for the purpose for fixing time of fixing the time at which shall commence the pensions, under the of pensions,&c. existing laws, of the widows of the officers, seamen, and marines, who were lost in the United States schooner Grampus, as well as the time to which the pay of said officers, seamen, and marines, shall be allowed, March 20, the twentieth day of March, one thousand eight hundred and forty-three, 1843, to be conshall be deemed and taken to be the day on which the said schooner the Grampus Grampus foundered at sea; and that, for the like purposes, the first day foundered; and of May, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-nine, shall be deemed May 1, 1839, as and taken to be the day on which the United States schooner Sea Gull which the Sea was lost in like manner.

Gull was lost. Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That if any of the said officers, If there is no seamen, or marines, shall have left no widow, or having left a widow widow, but chilshe shall have died before the passage of this act, and there shall be they are to have living at the date of the passage of this act, a child or children of said the pension. officers, seamen, or marines, under sixteen years of age, such child or children shall be entitled to the same pension to which the widow, had there been one as aforesaid, would have been entitled, for the like period of five years; but in case of the death or intermarriage of the widow n case of death before the expiration of the said term of five years, the said pension for or marriage of the remainder of the said term, shall go to the child or children of the widow, pension said deceased officer, seamen, or marine: Provided, That such pension dren. shall cease upon the death of such child or children.

Proviso. Sec. 3. And be it further enacted, That the proper accounting officers J.S.Thacher's of the Treasury Department be, and hereby are, authorized and directed accounts to be to settle the accounts of James S. Thacher, late purser in the navy, who settled, &c. was lost in said schooner Grampus, with all his accounts, and vouchers for expenditures and payments made by him, and with all the money,

(a) An act authorizing an examination and survey of the harbor of Memphis, in Tennessee ; March 3, 1843, chap 93.

A resolution to suspend a part of the third section of the joint resolution of 11th Sept. 1841. relating to armories; Feb. 13, 1845. Vol. V.-84

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stores and supplies procured for the use of said vessel, and to allow him a credit for whatever sum appears to be due from him on the books of the department.

APPROVED, June 15, 1844. STATUTE I. June 15, 1844. Chap. LIV.-An Act to repeal an act entitled "An act directing the survey of the

northern line of the reservation for the half-breeds of the Sac and Fox tribes of March 3, 1843, Indians, by the treaty of August, one thousand eighi hundred and twenty-four," ch. 88.

approved March third, one thousand eight hundred and forty-three.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Act of March United States of America in Congress assembled, That the act entitled 3, 1843, re

“ An act directing the survey of the northern line of the reservation for pealed.

the half-breeds of the Sac and Fox tribes of Indians, by the treaty of August, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-four," approved March third, one thousand eight hundred and forty-three, be, and the same is

hereby repealed. Northern line Sec. 2.' And be it further enacted, That the northern line of said rerun by J. S.

servation, as run and marked by Jenifer S. Sprigg, in the years one Sprigg to be northern boun. thousand eight hundred and thirty-two and one thousand eight hundred dary of reserva. and thirty-three, under contract with William Clark, superintendent of tion.

Indian affairs, be, and the same is hereby, ratified, approved, and established, as the correct northern boundary of said reservation.

APPROVED, June 15, 1844. STATUTE I. June 15, 1844. CHAP. LV.-An Act to authorize the selection of certain school lands in the Ter

ritories of Florida, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the When a 16th United States of America in Congress assembled, That wherever the sixsection is inclu- teenth sections in said Territories, either in whole or in part, are now, ded in a private claim, lands or may hereafter be, included in private claims held by titles confirmed adjacent may be or legally decided to be valid and sufficient, other lands equivalent thereto, selected in lieu. within any land district in said Territories most adjacent to said lands

so taken up by private claims, " which have been offered at public sale, and remain unsold,” may be selected in lieu thereof, under the direction of the Secretary of the Treasury: and the lands so selected shall be entered in the office of the register of the land district in which they may

lie, and be by such register reported to the Commissioner of the General Proviso. Land Office as school lands selected under this act: ProvidedThat,

before making any entry of such other lands, the case shall be made out to the satisfaction of the register and receiver of said district, agreeably to rules to be prescribed by the Commissioner of the General Land Office, for the purpose of showing that the sixteenth section, or part thereof, has been included in the manner above mentioned.

APPROVED, June 15, 1844. STATUTE I. June 15, 1844. Chap. LVI.—An Act granting to the county of Dubuque, certain lots of ground

in the town of Dubuque. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United Two half lots States of America in Congress assembled, That the following described granted to the pieces or parcels of land are hereby granted and given to the county of town.

Dubuque, in the Territory of Iowa, to wit: Two lots and a half lying and being situate in the town of Dubuque, on the northwest corner of Seventh and Locust streets, in said county, being the same land upon

which the old county jail now stands, and is designated on the Governiment plat of said town as "public square."

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That the county commissioners of the county of Dubuque be, and they are hereby authorized and em

powered to make sale, or otherwise dispose of the lots of land described Two lots may in the first section of this act, in such manner as will best subserve the be disposed of

by the county interests of said county.

commissioners. APPROVED, June 15, 1844.

STATUTE I. Chap. LVII.–An Act to confirm to the city of Fernandina in Florida, certain June 15, 1844.

lots reserved for public use by the Spanish Government. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That lots, numbers five Two lots and seven of block number two, in the plan of the city of Fernandina, pcses designed be and are hereby confirmed and relinquished to the corporate authori- by Spanish goties of the said city for such uses as were designed by the Spanish Go- vernment. vernment in the original plan of the said city: Provided, That before Proviso. the issue of patents for the same, it shall be shown to the satisfaction of the President of the United States, that the said lots were intended to be reserved in the plan of said city, for a public use. APPROVED, June 15, 1844.

STATUTE I. Chap. LVIII. — An Act making appropriations for the payment of nuvy pensions June 15, 1844. for the year ending thirtieth June, eighteen hundred and forty-five.

[Obsolete.) Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following sums be, and the same are hereby appropriated, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the payment of navy pensions for the year ending thirtieth June, eighteen hundred and forty-five :

Invalid penTo pay invalid pensions, forty thousand dollars ;

sions. To pay widows' pensions, under the act of thirtieth June, eighteen Widows penhundred and thirty-four, six thousand dollars ;

of June 30,1834, To pay widows and orphans' pensions, under the act of third March, ch. 134.

Widows and eighteen hundred and thirty-seven, sixteen thousand dollars.

orphans, act of For payment of invalid pensioners, heretofore paid from the privateer March 3, 1837, pension fund, their several pensions to commence from the time they ch. 36: were stopped in consequence of the exhaustion of said fund, eighteen sions, from the thousand dollars;

time they were For payment of pensions to the widows and orphans of those persons stopped. who were lost in the United States' schooner Sea Gull and in the United

Widowy and

orphans of perStates' schooner Grampus, agreeably to the provisions of an act passed sons lost in the at the present session entitled “ An act for the relief of the widows and Grampus and orphans of the officers, seamen and marines of the United States' schooner Sea Gull. Grampus," ten thousand dollars. APPROVED, June 15, 1844.

STATUTE I. Chap. LIX.-An Act to test the utility of the sub-marine telescope.

Jane 15, 1844. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of the Sec. Navy to Navy be anthorized and directed to institute such experiments under institute the exthe superintendence of competent and trustworthy persons, as will fully periments to

test it. test the utility of the sub-marine telescope invented by Mrs. Sarah P. Mather, and ascertain its value, if any, to the public service; and the expenses of wbich shall be paid out of any moneys in the treasury not otherwise appropriated : Provided, That said expenses shall not exceed Proviso. the sum of two thousand dollars.

APPROVED, June 15, 1844.

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